27 NOV 2013 by ideonexus

 Okinawa Culture as a Blue Zone

We found our second Blue Zone on the other side of the planet, about 800 miles south of Tokyo, on the archipelago of Okinawa. Okinawa is actually 161 small islands. And in the northern part of the main island, this is ground zero for world longevity. This is a place where the oldest living female population is found. It's a place where people have the longest disability-free life expectancy in the world. They have what we want. They live a long time, and tend to die in their sleep, very quick...
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Habits and culture of the people with the longest life-expectancy on the planet.

08 JUL 2011 by ideonexus

 Babies Learn The Sounds of Their Language

We mentioned that part of what makes learning language difficult is that languages carve up sounds and different Ianguages carve them up differently. A wide variety of different sounds, with very different spectrograms, will all seem like the same sound to us, and, in turn, that sound will seem sharply different from other sounds that are actually quite similar to it physically. Suppose you use a speech synthesizer to gradually and continuously change one particular feature of a sound, such a...
Folksonomies: babies infancy language
Folksonomies: babies infancy language
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When a language does not make a clear distinction between two sounds, the children of that language cannot hear the distinction in other languages.

01 JAN 2010 by ideonexus

 Obama Describes the World Wide Web

The image was mesmerizing, more organic than mechanical, as if I were glimpsing the early stages of some accelerating evolutionary process, in which all the boundaries between men--nationality, race, religion, wealth--were rendered invisible and irrelevant, so that the physicist in Cambridge, the bond trader in Tokyo, the student in a remote Indian village, and the manager of a Mexico City department store were drawn into a single constant, thrumming conversation, time and space giving way to...
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A beautiful, insightful description of a monitor showing World Wide Web traffic patterns.